Pedro Mejia, a Secaucus businessman who became a naturalized U.S. citizen eighteen years ago, was elected to the New Jersey State Assembly tonight. He won a special election convention to replace Vincent Prieto in the 32nd district.
He is the first New Jersey legislator to be born in the Dominican Republic.
“I would like to thank the committee members and the Democratic leaders of Hudson County for their faith and confidence in my ability to represent my new constituents,” said Mejia. “This is a tremendous honor and I pledge to work as hard as I can to live up to it.”
Mejia was the pick of North Bergen Mayor/State Sen. Nicholas Sacco, after earlier attempts to fill the seat with Antonio Suarez and Joseph Muniz fell through.
“Diversity is so important to making sure that we as elected officials represent the interests of our constituents well, so I am excited to welcome Pedro Mejia as the first Dominican-American to serve in the legislature,” said Sacco. “I know that Pedro is a smart, talented person who will work extremely hard to represent the people and I look forward to working closely with him.”